9 Turkish athletes banned for anabolic steroid use

Updated 12 August 2013
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9 Turkish athletes banned for anabolic steroid use

MONACO: Nine Turkish track and field athletes have been banned after testing positive for anabolic steroids, the latest doping scandal there during Istanbul’s campaign to win 2020 Olympics hosting rights.
The IAAF said Wednesday all had received two-year bans and that six are women, including two teenagers.
Six cases involved field athletes testing positive for stanozolol at Turkey’s national university championships held in May at Bursa. Stanozolol is the steroid used by Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Among those six, three athletes also tested positive for oral turinabol, the steroid used in state-sponsored East German doping programs in the 1970s and 1980s.
The IAAF confirmed the disciplinary cases days after its president, Lamine Diack, suggested Turkish athletics officials “need to clean their house.”
“They are bidding for the 2020 Olympics but every few days we have three or four athletes caught for doping,” Diack said in London. He is a member of the International Olympic Committee which on Sept. 7 will choose Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo as 2020 host.
In June, eight Turkish athletes, including 2004 Olympic hammer silver medalist Esref Apak, were caught doping, and dozens more were reported to have tested positive before the Mediterranean Games hosted by Turkey.
In May, the IAAF asked the Turkish federation to prosecute cases against Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asli Cakir Alptekin and two-time European 100-meter hurdles champion Nevin Yanit over alleged doping violations.
Responding to Diack, the Turkish National Olympic Committee said the series of cases “is not evidence of more cheats.”
“It is evidence that we are stepping up to fight this problem more aggressively and coming into line with top-tier sports nations,” the Turkish Olympic body said in a statement.
In the latest verdicts, the IAAF said 17-year-old discus thrower Burcu Akmazoglu tested positive for both banned steroids in Bursa. She is suspended from competing through June 13, 2015.
A second teenager, 18-year-old hammer thrower Elif Akbas, also tested positive for stanozolol at the student event.
An IAAF list of sanctioned athletes shows that stanozolol and oral turinabol were both found in samples taken at Bursa from Kubra Danis, a 22-year-old shot putter, and Gokce Celenk, a 25-year-old discus thrower. Javelin throwers Sarik Bilgin, who is 25, and 21-year-old Gulsum Ozdemir Gunes also tested positive for stanozolol.
The IAAF said the other cases involve two field athletes and one runner.
Ali Ekber Kayas, a 26-year-old 400-meter runner who competed at the 2012 world indoor championships in Istanbul, gave a sample with oxandrolone at a national competition in May 2012. He is suspended through July 2, 2014.
Shot putter Nilgun Ozturk tested positive for methandienone at the same competition, and received the same ban as Kayas.
The IAAF said 21-year-old javelin thrower Berkay Tolun tested positive for stanozolol during training in May. His ban expires on June 6, 2015.
The Turkish Olympic body acknowledged that more doping cases could follow.
“In the short term, the redoubling of (the Turkish anti-doping agency) testing and sanctioning procedures will mean more positive tests,” it said. “We want clean young Turkish athletes winning medals on home soil in 2020.”


Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

Updated 41 min 37 sec ago
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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

MUNICH: Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
Joshua Kimmich had put the home side in front, but Marcelo equalized before the interval. Asensio came after the break and Lukas Vazquez set up the 22-year-old to claim Madrid’s second away goal 12 minutes into the second half.
The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday, though Zinedine Zidane’s side will be wary after conceding three goals at home to Juventus in the previous round.
Bayern had to substitute the injured Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng in the first half, but the side had plenty of chances to score more goals with Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski all missing good opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the first time in the competition this season. The Portuguese star had an effort ruled out in the second half for using his arm to control the ball.
Bayern, which is chasing a treble in Jupp Heynckes’ last season in charge, was hoping to make up for last year’s exit to Madrid, and for the Spanish side’s 5-0 aggregate win at the same stage in 2014.